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February 5th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Welcome to the Tea Party: Rand Paul follows in father's footsteps

The first-ever national Tea Party Convention is under way in Nashville. Here at CNN, we're shining a spotlight on the grass-roots political movement that wants its voice heard in Washington.

One person in particular not only embraces tea partiers' anger – he was born from it.

For the final part of our series "Welcome to the Tea Party," we spoke to Kentucky Dr. Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.


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  1. Denise

    To Susan H- Yes the conservative inbred protesters scare me because I dont know when you all will decide to take out your guns and try to overthrow the government like we are in one of those countries of civil unrest. You need to really get in touch with your anger and think about why you need to resort to name calling. Are you not able to use any other words to express your feelings? This is not a way decent adults behave. Those protests remind me wild animals in the jungle and I see the level of their intelligence. Remember, if you are so unhappy, give up your social services and move to China.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  2. SusanH

    Well said Jen!

    Anyone who disagrees with the Tea Partiers place the race card. The conservative protesters scare these libtard idiots.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  3. richard

    What does the "Tea Party" movement have to do with Rick Scott? It seems that Scott is opposed to health care reform. Look at his background and decide for yourself.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  4. Denise

    Jen, I guess you would just rather live in a country that let's you do what you want to regardless of who you hurt or kill. What makes you different that a common savage who lives in an uncivilized country?

    March 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  5. Jen

    Since the birth of this country, how many laws are on the books? It never stops! For 200plus years of laws and regulations, everybody is a crimminal!
    The little man may rise, but the laws will slap you down..
    I think the "tea party" is long overdue!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  6. Rick Geary

    Susan H. you continue to resort to name calling when someone does not say what you want to hear. I recommend you study history, especially U.S. History and read the Constitution as your comments indicate a lack of knowledge in this area. I also suggest you take a class in Poiitical Science to give you a better understanding of the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches of the U.S. Government.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  7. Densie

    To Susan H-why does Shobiz have to be an idiot for speaking the truth about the Tea Baggers? We live in America and is everyone who disagrees with the racist Tea Baggers are Communist? It is a known fact that Tea Baggers are recruiting hate groups daily. Since you are so enraged and full of hate, why dont you just stop using ANY thing that the government provides for you. Repeal your Medicare and Social Security benefits, deny yourself of any social services this great country offers. You are an idiot for being so closed minded. You are a part of the problem and not the solution. You people are not different than how people in uncivilized countries behave.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  8. SusanH

    Shobiz says: "The Tea Party is a joke [trite statement with no humor]. The entire movement lacks credibility [Protesters, by virtue of protesting, are credible (otherwise they would not be protesting), unless they were projected holographic images of protesters]. Where were these people for the last ten years when the deficit was ballooning by hundreds of billions of dollars every year? [They were working, paying taxes, and complaining in the offices] Where were they when our government was driving the economy into the toilet?" [See statement of their geographic location above]. Let's face it: if a black man was not in the White House, there would be no Tea Party, no so-called reform movement. [No, let's face it that, if there was no black man in the White House, your post here probably would not exist]. It's just an umbrella under which the offspring of the victims of alien abductions and Klan members can hide. [No, they are victims of government abuse and, because the majority of these disgruntled tax-paying WORKING protestors are WHITE, you label the group as racist].

    By your racist comments against the Tea Party, I have to assume that you are 1 of three things: 1] Angry Black Man 2]Guilt-ridden White Man 3]Communist. Have a nice day, idiot.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  9. Mario

    Who is our nation's true enemy?

    What does our Federal? Reserve System have to do with Communism?

    Leon Trotsky received 20 million dollars from Kuhn Loeb Bank through Jacob Schiff to help finance the Bolshevik Revolution that would establish a genocidal government that killed millions of its own citizens.

    Kuhn Loeb Bank was one of the founding banks of the Federal Reserve Cartel.

    Leon Trotsky, Kuhn Loeb Bank and Jacob Schiff also shared a common denominator.
    Alan Greenspan, architect of our present economic depression and Goldman Sachs, a bank that is benefitting from it at our expense, also share this same common denominator. In fact, so do Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Pearle, big time promotors of our genocide against the arab peoples.
    Coincidence? I don't believe so.

    Remember the Holodomor. Never again!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  10. Mike Shobiz

    The Tea Party is a joke. The entire movement lacks credibility. Where were these people for the last ten years when the deficit was ballooning by hundreds of billions of dollars every year? Where were they when our government was driving the economy into the toilet? Let's face it: if a black man was not in the White House, there would be no Tea Party, no so-called reform movement. It's just an umbrella under which the offspring of the victims of alien abductions and Klan members can hide.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  11. Rick Geary

    Well said, Edward. I would also add public education to your list.. What is most disturbing is when tea party members and some politicians invoke the U.S. Constitution without apparently having read it and this goes unchallenged by the media. The media has given a lot of coverage to the Tea Party group and ANTI health care reform folks, but have yet to expose the funders. A more appropriate fit for some of these tea party advocates would be the "Flat Earth Society." Unfortunately this is really not funny. This is a nation of laws, not mob rule and all of us have a responsibility to keep it that way.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  12. Edward

    According to some elected politicos, they are fighting “socialism” even as they stash away taxpayers’ money, to fund special interests in their own voting districts. The absurdity of the argument is especially ironic, coming from people whose parents were rescued by FDR’s policies that brought us out of the great depression – not to mention those who got a college degree on the GI bill (or were the children of one who did) – not to mention those who are on medicare, social security, and have VA benefits – not to mention those who drive on public highways – not to mention those who are either employees of police and fire departments or are served by them. There isn’t a person, born in this country who has not benefited from American social services of one kind or another. In fact, it is what has made us so strong and great, especially after World War II. It seems that the tea sipping Republican obstructionist agenda has become an ideology of “me only” – a form of stupidity in its worst form. Have we become a nation of Rip Van Winkles or Rip Vans who rinkle the truth? It’s time for this present generation of politicians to come together and fix problems, not create them. That means democrats too.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  13. rufus

    tea party is a bunch of racist losers

    March 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  14. Denise

    I agree completely with Terry in Cherry Hill. If they want their country back, I want every dime I have paid in Medicare and disability taxes back and in full.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  15. Terry - Cherry Hill, NJ

    After watching the tea party it reminds me of Jim Jones – a cult movement that validates my thoughts for 2010; you can fool some of the people all the time. These folks say they want their country back. As far as I can tell; the country has not gone anywhere. What do they mean; do they want to go back to the 1940's; 1950's or 1960's? If so, the country will not return to those times. Minorities, women and the disadvantaged are citizens of this country as well. Back then these folks had no voice. Embrace change; reconsile the sins of the past and ask GOD for forgiveness. JESUS is Lord of all the people; not just a select few.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  16. Susan Harkins

    Stephen, you are right on the mark - the system has been hijacked, checks and balances are circumvented, incentivism (via lobbyists and corporate bribes) drives policy, and there is a desperate attempt by this administration and congress (operating hand in glove) to push forward a massive socialist adjenda to lock in big-government (and the powers-that-be) by destroying our social/financial/political systems in order to "save us from ourselves". I used to laugh at the conspiracy theorists a couple of years ago - especially the 'new world order' types. The laugh is on me now. We are truly a bunch of frogs in boiling water at this time, and I believe the majority of Americans have now opened their eyes to see the water, the pot, and the big hand that it turning up the heat. I hope the Repubs will continue to block everything that the Progressives shove out, until November. Sometimes, "doing nothing" is "doing everything"! At this point, we dont need a party of "no"" - we need a party of "OH HELL FRICKEN NO!"

    March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  17. Stephen

    The democrats and republicans are in cahoots together. It's smoke and mirrors to make Americans think we have a choice. We get ONE more choice than communists. Both parties are pushing the globalist agenda of the wealthy elite. Vote out all incumbents and take back our country before it's too late.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 am |
  18. SusanH

    Thank God we have the Libertarian Party...this little girl would have been a political orphan, otherwise! How dare ole right-winged extremist me, demand that the Constitution be followed to the letter, and members of congress be put on trial for possible charges of treason. Yes, they can certainly create any bill they want and wait for the judicial branch to shoot it down; however, when they openly challenge our constitutional rights (ie: GUN CONTROL), that open attack against the American people should INDEED be considered an act, suspect of treason, which should be brought up in hearings. I say, investigate all members of congress and senate, hold hearings on all of their proposed bills, and see how many of them held acts that were contrary to the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights). Sentencing should range between $100 fine and loss of public office forever, to life in prison!

    February 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  19. James Kropog

    Denise if you want facts maybe you should start watching & reading FOX.

    February 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  20. James Kropog

    Thanks for your comments Susan H. Denise what about obamas safe school czar Jennings? Promoting homosexuality in our public schools? Did you know he belongs to the north american man boy love association?

    February 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  21. Rick Geary

    Political Myopia refers to those who take a narrow view of things. I believe Margaret Mead (although I may be mistaken) first applied this to those who call themselves liberals or conservatives. I do not identify with either group or any other "ism" as this narrows perception.

    The original tea party had to do with taxation without representation, a noble cause at the time that eventually led to the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the United States of America and one of the most succinct Constitutions ever written. I encourage everyone to read it and do not skip the Admendments, especially #5 and #6 (part of the original Bill of Rights) which applies to everyone in this country, not just citizens. This is important for the ongoing discussion of military tribunals as opposed to the civilian criminal court.

    Every U.S. citizen over 18 has a vote so we all have representation,
    and history has taught us this is a grave responsibility (Hitler was elected by popular vote). For myself, I try to follow the old adage, "Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see."
    This may sound like an old cliche, but I cannot think of a better way to say it.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  22. SusanH

    Rick says: "What I see is a President who had to take drastic steps to keep this country from falling into a major Depression. "

    Again, a myopic and short-sighted observation on his part. We are trillions of $ into this and....guess what Rick? It's still going to happen. Only an idiot would think that one can spend his/her way out of debt.

    No Rick, what you see is "the moment". You cannot conceive of the notion that trillions in spending will give the appearance of a recovery in the short term, before we continue downward again. I guess you would have to look at the big picture to understand this, right?

    Anyone who touts "dealing with issues and facts" in one breath, and looks at such a small sliver of time as a scope for determining solutions/resolutions/directions, looses all credibility, as far as i am concerned. Run along now dear - the sandbox is full. ;;;patting his head;;;

    February 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  23. SusanH

    "One who uses this method to argue a point or position loses all credibility as far as I am concerned."

    Rick, your notion that we should all hold hands and intelligently discuss the issues at this stage in the game, is self-serving and myopic at best. I believe that we had years (decades even) to sit around and hold hands, whilst we work out the issues POLITELY. Look out the window, dear, and you might find that the political climate is not gong to care too much about how you rank its credibility. Conservatives are - MIFFED - and with good reason. Get over yourself. If you want to rate postings, go to a board that has those little red and blue thumbs (up or down). Have a nice day, Rick. ;;;wink;;;

    February 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  24. SusanH

    Dennis states that it is a 'known fact' that the "TEA PARTY MOVEMENT" (as James K. clarifies correctly as being MOVEMENT of conservative Americans fed up with the libtard, socialistic, adjenda) will cause "the sky to fall; children to be rapped, and civil war to occur" if we embrace conservative ideals which are a common theme in the MOVEMENT.

    James K. makes an interesting question - why IS the Left so afraid of the massive conservative moment, which has grown since OB started his "hope and change", and angered the middle class into spawning the Tea Party movement to represent this conservative desire? I believe it is pretty simple. There are a lot of lazy people in this country that want a large Govt Nanny state. They do not wish to earn their keep - they refuse to accept that all things are NOT equal - that they have to go out and actually WORK HARD to lift themselves up into a comfortable life. This mindset started at a young age and was fostered by parents who EXPECTED Gov't to take care of them all their lives. The primary distinction, I believe, between a conservative who is opposed to big govt, and a libtard who believes in the redistribution of wealth, is that the conservative believes that Gov't takes the wealth away from those who are trying to earn a better life, and the libtart believes that the Gov't is the giver of wealth, to those who DESERVE a better life (regardless if they work harder for it or not).

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that, those who actually work hard to earn and keep their standard of living, will launch a conservative movement, no matter under any name (ie: PINK ELEPHANT MOVEMENT), when Gov't grows larger, spends more, and makes moves to tax more, so that the libtard can keep sitting on his 'arse' and continue to believe that everybody should be equal, regardless of how much they do for themselves or others.

    It is my view that the builk of today's libtards that actually backed this "hope and change" freak show, were actually the same people in my former elementary classes, (aeons ago) who did not participate, hold their hand up, study and do their homework, and sat in the back of the room - but who also expected the same (or better) treatment as those who sat in the front of the class and busted their butts.

    It's pretty sad when they go through their entire lives, grumbling about how the front of the class should "spread the wealth" to the back of the class. Should the teacher just give an average grade to the entire class so that everyone gets the same "fare share"? The whole libtard concept is flawed, a threat to free markets and innovation, and could only wind up creating large pockets of decay and cost, throughout our society.

    Between the Libtards and the RINOs, I think I will stick with the Libertarian camp, since the larger two parties seem determined on growing gov't to fix societal issues, when the problem IS the Govt (via continued growth, interventionism, and constitutional underminding).

    February 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  25. Rober/reb

    The Left's Arch Rival Huh!
    So we Tea Bagger belive in Limited Goverment!
    What your problem you use to be for the little Guy!
    No Your just in to Screw American people, Your own citizens!
    But we can expect that from your Haters of your own country!

    February 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  26. James Kropog

    We are the Tea Party Movement. The Teabagging comments are very offensive. Why are so many people on the left so afraid of this movement? Facts & logic should not annoy so many people.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  27. James Kropog

    It is tea party movement. Teabagging is a act you libs need to ask Barney Frank about.Why are the libs so afraid of the Tea Party movement? It is amazing how facts & logic annoy the left.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  28. Denise

    It is a known fact that the TeaParty is inviting more and more hate groups to join the Tea Party. I havent seen CNN report this. This is a known fact. One of the top TeaParty leaders has just been convicted of raping a 7 year old child. TeaParty supporters- is this what you support -Racism, another civil war and child rape? I have yet to see one Teaparty supporter to come out and speak against these topics. Is the TeaParty a party of racist child rapists? Are you willing to give up your welfare and disability that you dont need to bring this government down? No opinions-just the facts, please I beg you.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:35 am |
  29. Rick Geary

    Does anyone check their facts before they make bold statements. For example, the statement on GDP per capita betweeen the US and EU is not based on any statistics I can find. This info is available from the World Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the CIA and others, all of whom give the edge to the EU. These are just statistically supported facts , none of which have much relevance for this discussion. but it is a clear example of how misinformation is used to support a political agenda..

    Another thinking error that is being touted about these days is that our President is a socialist and is trying to push his socialist agenda on the country. If one is going to talk about socialism or accuse someone of being a socialist than one should take the time to learn what socialism really is. Its meaning, relevance and consequences are much broader than a simple dictionary definition. What I see is a President who had to take drastic steps to keep this country from falling into a major Depression.

    What I find most disturbing in the above comments and from several TV and Radio commentators is the attacks directed at individuals rather than ideas, especially those subtle remarks that are clearly directed towards someone's race, gender, and intelligence. One who uses this method to argue a point or position loses all credibility as far as I am concerned.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:57 am |
  30. SusanH

    Frank, why do you speak in broken english? Are you trying to add some "bling-bling" to your deep and insightful thoughts about social injustices and the plight of the 'unfortunate' man? ;;;yawn;;;

    February 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  31. SusanH

    ruth dausener is exposing her myopic view of how our country should operate...

    she says: "when the federal government reduces its budget, people do lose thier jobs, but this is exactly what you are demanding they do."

    Miss bonehead; have you ever considered that if you get all those people out of the public sector and into the private sector, we would not have to worry about massive job losses when we reduce budgets. Apparently you think that employment and big gov't are inseperable. If you want BIG Gov't in your life, then I won't stop you....just don't ask for me to pay for it, deary. Have a nice libtard day. ;;;wink;;;

    February 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  32. SusanH

    I completely agree with Maryann. Although I do not actively participate in the Tea Party Movement (yet), I certainly welcome it. There have been a lot of changes in the past couple of years and thankfully they have been extreme and aggressive to the level of opening up eyes and shedding light on the ongoing corruption and traitorist actions in congress and washington. I am glad that OB spent turned the heat up quickly. I am glad that all of the liberalist bullshevists have had the limelight poured over them - looks like many of them are drowning in the polls and/or jumping ship before the November Voter Revolution occurs –lol. Oh, well...so much for their little utopean dream of GIGANTIC gov't where everyone gets something for nothing and the tooth fairy pays for it. As for me, I am quite happy in my new political party (Libertarian Party), waiting for Libtard D-Day in Nov. while I send my (would be contributions to my state reps and senators) to other states that have hard-core conservative election runners...does Kentucky's RAND PAUL come to mind? So you guys keep on thinking that you are making an impact on this blog, while I work (around) the system with my happy little right-winged extremist views and push for restoring our country BACK to its original/simple/and efficient design. Have a nice day, libtards and RINOs - see ya in November! ;;wink;;

    February 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  33. shadysider

    If the Tea Party and the Republican Party look to the Paul's of their party rather than the Palin's, then they will have a chance. As the Republican Party banned Ron Paul from their convention in 2008, I am reluctant to believe they would adopt this stance. Paul is a real fiscal conservative, but Republicans choose to disregard him on the national platform. What does that say about their party? That their base is a bunch of religious zealots who would rather champion their social issues rather than fiscal ones? Yeah... that's why I can't take them seriously.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  34. Neil

    Socialism is the precursor to communism.
    Since liberals are so fond of saying we don't know what it means, here's the definition from Webster's Dictionary:
    1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

    Automotive manufacturing and banks are partially owned by the government now. Obama wants to take over the healthcare industry with the "public option" by opening a government owned insurance company.

    Communism doesn't work. The socialist experiment in Europe may or may not work. It hasn't been around long enough to implode but it's productivity isn't exactly impressive.

    The GDP per capita in the EU is around 29k USD
    The US is around 49k USD

    This equates to a better average standard of living. It's worse if you sit at home and live off of the government, but better if you bust your hump. In Europe this gap is much smaller than it is in the US. The problem I have with this is I don't want my hard work and a larger percentage of money that results going to some lazy losers that want to sponge off of me.

    No thanks. If I bust my butt to make money, I want my money. I give to charity regularly. I don't want some liberal deciding how to spend it for me. I'll give it to people that need it, not people that know how to game the system and sponge off of government programs.

    Those people make me want to vomit.

    February 16, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  35. ruth dausener

    You tea baggers want smaller government. So what government services will you give up? The Huntsville, Alabama, space program, the one to send rockets to other planets will not be funded in the next budget, and the Alabama tea partiers are up in arms about it. You say could not do your budget like that "socialist Obama" is doing, When you cut something from your household budget, you are depriving other people of money to support thier family.
    when the federal government reduces its budget, people do lose thier jobs, but this is exactly what you are demanding they do. You want low cost health care, but there is no such thing as "low cost health care"! All health care has to be paid for. Do you want nurses, x-ray technicians, lab technicians, medical records technicians, all the people necessary to give you that care to take cuts in pay? What I am asking, and oh how I wish someone would tell me, is how do you tea baggers think your demands are to be accomplished? PLEASE I AM BEGGING HOW WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR DEMANDS?

    February 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Maryann

    I am an American, and I am a tea party member. until last year, I never got politically involved. But when President Obama, and party started pushing a social agenda, I took up a sign, went to a tea party and put on the following words on my sign, stop out of control spending, out of control taxation, and out of control goverment. This is not about the democrates or the republicans, this movement is about a goverment that is corrupt. I decided to become involved, because my father fought in world war II to keep America Free, my uncle survived the death march at Baton, and another Uncle was part of liberating the jews. This American will not quietly give up any more freedom. it's time to get back to what the founding fathers had intended for this nation. This is not about race, this is not about left or right, this is about Freedom and liberty.

    February 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Rick Geary

    This response is for "Bill" and "Looking for Change with Hope (LCH)"
    First (LCH) where was the "Tea Party" when the Bush Administration was trampling all over the "U.S. Constitution." I suggext you read the "Constitution" before you purport to know it. And Bill, "Urban Dictionary", I think we know where you are coming from. I stand by what I said, the "Tea Party" represents hate and fear, hate and fear of blacks, minorities, and anyone who is different or disagrees. This movement and others like it are the real danger to democratic institutions. I am curious about who is funding this movement. I am amazed that our credible "News Media" is not investigating this.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  38. Dave

    Pam Lousiana says it best regarding these tea-bagging hypocrites!

    "Obama may have only seven years to totally decimate our economy and perpetuate us in a near state of obliteration, just as his cerebrally bankrupt predecessor did. The boisterous bellowing of the tea party was strangely silent when our beloved country was being annihilated by unlawful wars, unfunded programs, bloated deficits– while simultaneously cutting taxes for the obsence rich and borrowing from our friends, the Chinese. Where were these saviors, guardians of the homeland when you needed them? It would take decades to match the devastation of that moron, bush."

    February 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  39. Daniel

    The Tea Party is no more no less America's equivalent to the 1920's
    movement in Germany known as rhe National Socialist Party led by
    Adolf Hitler.Also,like in 1920's Germany the American ecomomy is
    quite depressed so no wonder the people are frustrated and need a
    scapegoat.Like the Nazi Party in Germany,the Tea Party is founded
    largely on hate.One may notice,nobody in the Tea Party movement
    is protesting the wars in Afghanstan or Iraq although they are causing
    the government to spend needlessly and baloon the national
    deficeit.Instead,we need a movemeny based on moral principals to
    replace the Tea Party Express whose members are most if not all
    are racists and hate all those who are different from us.

    February 12, 2010 at 5:30 am |
  40. Frank

    let's be honest if Dem's put up a white man he would have won by 70% to 80%. Even a white guy with no experience would get more respect then President Barack Obama has. The Tea Party have no reasons for their action which they say when they don't have a reason for grouping together. They have issues that are deep rooted.

    February 10, 2010 at 5:39 am |
  41. Looking for change with hope

    Its amazing that the extreme left in this country does not recognize the real America. Most of these folks have not ever been involved in political movements and have had it with this movement to socialism. These folks just want their country and the constitution back. Too many people have died in wars to keep us out of socialist hands. Its now up to the tea party folks to return the republic.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  42. Bill

    Calling those who call others Socialists, McCarthyist, is like McCarthy calling those opposed to him Communist. LISTEN to yourselves people! This is a DIFFERENT situation. Some Tea Party people are a little out there... I get that.... but to call them Tea Baggers... come on grow up... Did you find that word on urbandictionary.com?

    February 9, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  43. john

    i think i will just vote for myself the next time because i'll tackle the real issues that have this country so screwed up.That would be the issues that they all hide from like how companies can keep someone as a temporary employee for years on end without a raise or insurance and a secure job.This is the reason for the housing, health care and mortgage troubles. However thats just 1 of the problems the duck and hide from.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  44. Charlie

    I ask you independent voters who want this tea party to continue, did you know this was started as a Libertarian event in 2007 by Ron Paul’s campaign for Liberty? Do you know that the goal of smaller government is the major platform of the Libertarian party?
    If these things are what you truly want than why not join the third largest party in the USA, you do not need to invent what is already available to you in the Libertarian Party.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  45. nancy

    "Rick Geary February 8th, 2010 12:19 am ET

    The Tea Party movement represents the new McCarthyism. Calling those who disagree with you socialists is no different then calling them communists. Behind it all is hate and fear, hate and fear of blacks, minorities, and anyone who is different or who disagrees.. We can only hope and pray that the tea party group and their followers never gain control of this country."

    WOW, I agree with you 100%. Great post Rick! 🙂

    February 8, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  46. Fred Robinson

    Kiran:

    A grass roots movement is nothing to be sniffed at. However, the "Tea Party" does not smell like Orange Pekoe. I agree with Mr. Geary. This group should be tossed in a recycling bin, and never seen again.

    Keep up the good work, and say hi to Campbell for me.

    Cheers,
    Fred

    February 8, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  47. Rick Geary

    The Tea Party movement represents the new McCarthyism. Calling those who disagree with you socialists is no different then calling them communists. Behind it all is hate and fear, hate and fear of blacks, minorities, and anyone who is different or who disagrees.. We can only hope and pray that the tea party group and their followers never gain control of this country.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  48. George

    Conservatives are only suckering Independents into supporting a movement the they (the tea bag people) hope will swing power in Washington all the way right. As we can see a monopoly of power in DC is not the best thing for the USA. If Independents go along they will find themselves out in the cold and told they are irrelevent again. The press and CNN are playing into their hands by glossing over the hatred and intollerance that is the tea party movement. Hopefully Independents will wake up before the mid term elections and stick to their moderate principles.

    February 7, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  49. Pam Louisiana

    Obama may have only seven years to totally decimate our economy and perpetuate us in a near state of obliteration, just as his cerebrally bankrupt predecessor did. The boisterous bellowing of the tea party was strangely silent when our beloved country was being annihilated by unlawful wars, unfunded programs, bloated deficits– while simultaneously cutting taxes for the obsence rich and borrowing from our friends, the Chinese. Where were these saviors, guardians of the homeland when you needed them? It would take decades to match the devastation of that moron, bush.

    February 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  50. walter zyla

    How do I join this Party?

    February 6, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  51. Frank

    I feel that Tea Parties really wants what is good for the Country. But, I also feel that they sideways into the middle of an arguement not knowing what was going on. Without the bailouts when we'd now would tune into watch the News we'd be seeing 8 million may be plus Men, Women, and Children begging for food, How would you feel then?

    February 6, 2010 at 2:50 am |
  52. Frank

    I feel that Tea Baggers really wants what is good for the Country. But, I also feel that they sideways into the middle of an arguement unknowly. Without the bailouts we be watch the News and seeing 8 million Men, Women, and Children begging for food, How would you feel then?

    February 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  53. dave

    Yeah, maybe it will be as successful as Ron Paul.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Dennis in AZ

    I`ronic that only months ago CNN was reporting the Tea Party Movement was in the words of Darth Pelosi "Astro Turf." Not to disparage Astro Turf–but I've never seen the product actually grow. It seems clear after the most recent elections that this movement is on track to both grow and influence the body politic in the coming years. Americans being Americans, what's unclear is if the movement of independents and fiscal conservatives will have any longevity. Even I voted for Ross Perot, but where's that movement today?

    February 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm |